Curtis Institute of Music

Musicians who are all faculty members of the Curtis Institute of Music's Summerfest performed Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor for flute, cello, and piano, .live on WRTI 90.1 on May 16, 2018. Jack Moore hosted the broadcast. 

Live from the WRTI Performance Studio, it's members of the Marinus Ensemble, with a sneak preview of their upcoming concert. WRTI's Jack Moore is host. The Marinus Ensemble is a flexible chamber music group, and in this configuration is made up entirely of Curtis Institute of Music alumni. 

Every year, Philadelphia-area residents have the chance to experience, for free, the talents of exceptional young student vocalists, instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from the Curtis Institute of Music  before they take the world by musical storm.

We had a sneak preview of the Curtis Institute’s final Schubertiade events, as Curtis students performed excerpts from Schubert's Trio in B-flat Major in D, LIVE from WRTI's Performance Studio on Thursday, February 15th at 12:10 p.m. WRTI's Jack Moore hosted. 


Credit: Timmy Chooi

For the first time since 1999, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra is on a multi-city, 18-day tour of Europe—opening May 20th in Helsinki and continuing through Berlin, London, Salzburg, and Vienna among others—led by conductor Osmo Vanska.

Few inventions were as complicated as the atomic bomb. But the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that Curtis Opera Theatre’s production of the John Adams opera Doctor Atomic couldn't be simpler—or more provocative.

Does a song, or even a symphony, trigger memories of important moments and milestones in your life? For violinist Hillary Hahn, a little-known, 19th-century concerto is an important part of her history and her current repertoire.


“Opera’s where my heart is,” said Rene Orth this January, and in June, Opera Philadelphia announced her appointment as its new Composer in Residence. She will be the sixth composer to hold that position and was chosen from a field of applicants from across the country.

When Samuel Barber’s violin concerto was rejected by the man for whom it was commissioned in 1939, he turned to his alma mater — The Curtis Institute of Music — where the concerto was performed to acclaim, leading to its official premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked to a panel of artists about Barber’s legacy, and the pleasures and perils of creating and performing new work in Philadelphia.


 A Japanese violinist who garnered international fame in 1990 as the youngest winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition continues her high-profile solo career while also taking music to places and people in need. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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